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April 2, 1963
3,083,709
F. J. LENGSFELD
FOOT MASSAGING AND EXERCISING DEVICE
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Filed June 1, 1962
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April 2, 1963
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F981“ MAZ'SSAGING AND EXER€§SENG BEVKR‘IE
Frederick E. Lengsfeld, R’lassapequa, Nfil. (% Jack E.
Hoilenherg, 1%
As shown in FIGURE 4, the rear and front walls 16
and 13 have comfortably inwardly curved abbreviated
?anges upstanding from their upper edges, which are
@ld Country Road, Mineola, NE.)
Fiied Esme l, 1962, Ser. No. 199,431
13 Qiairns. ((3. 123-57)
longitudinally spaced from each other and comprise
arcuate end ?anges 2'2 and an intermediate arcuate ?ange
24 on the rear wall 16; and arcuate end ?anges Z6 and
an intermediate arcuate ?ange 28 on the front wall 18.
This invention relates to a novel motor-driven foot
massaging and exercising device for professional and
home use.
The primary object of the invention is to provide a
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The end ?anges and the intermediate ?anges have extend
ing therebetween straight ?at top ?anges 3i} and 31,
respectively. On the inward edges of the end top ?ange
more effective and e?icient device of the kind indicated
3t} and on the sides of the ?ange 31, are depending straight
which provides massage and exercise to the heels at the
perpendicular ?anges 32 and 33, respectively, which ex
same time that massage and exercise are applied to the
soles of the feet, so that more complete and thorough 15 tend across the housing 16. Fixed bottom ?anges 34 and
35 spaced downwardly and parallel to the top ?anges 30
massage and exercise of the feet are obtained, which is
effective, not only for relaxing the patient and increasing
and 31 underlie the top ?anges and extend between the
rear and front housing walls, and are ?xed thereto and
to related housing end walls.
tion of impaired feet, the device being capable of being
The upper edges of the rear and front housing Walls
used in a sitting, standing, or reclining position of the 20
circulation of the blood, but for orthopedic rehabilita
patient.
Another object of the invention is to provide a device
of the character indicated above, for treating both feet
at the same time, wherein free-running rollers, for mas
saging and exercising opposite sides of the heels of the
patient are provided, which are rotated by contact of the
heels therewith, as the feet are moved lengthwise by con
tact with power-driven sole-engaging rollers, the heel
rollers being readily adjustable to accommodate heels of
merge into inwardly directed arcuate guard ?anges 42
and 44, respectively, which extend between the related
arcuate intermediate ?anges and arcuate end ?anges, for
guiding the feet of the patient onto the device in the use
thereof.
Suitably ?xed upon and extending along the end bot
tom ?anges 34 and the intermediate bottom ?ange 35,
are Wheel con?ning channels '46 and 43, respectively,
which, as shown in FIGURE 3, are centered on the bot
different widths and degrees of massage pressure on the 30 tom ?anges, and have rear ends 50 which are substan
tially spaced from the housing rear wall 16, and front
heels.
or forward ends 52 which are close to the housing front
A further object of the invention is to provide a simple,
wall 18. Running in the end channels 46 are spaced
easily serviceable, mechanically sound and durable device
pairs of end Wheels 54 and 56, and running in the inter
of the character indicated above, which can be made in
mediate channel 48 is a pair of spaced wheels 58 and
compact, streamlined, and easily portable forms, at rela
6d. The depending ?anges 32 and 33 are formed with
tively low cost.
slots 62 and 63, respectively, extending therealong which
Other important objects and advantageous features of
serve as shaft guideways, and which are somewhat longer
the invention will be apparent from the following descrip
than the channels 46 and 4S.
tion and the accompanying drawings, wherein, for pur
Extending between the end wheels 54 is a rear roller
poses of illustration only, a speci?c form of the invention 40
shaft 64, which traverses the intermediate wheel 58, the
is set forth in detail.
end wheels 54 being ?xed on the ends of the shaft 64 in
In the drawings:
FIGURE 1 is an isometric view showing the invention;
FIGURE 2 is an enlarged sectional View taken along
the line 2-2 of FIGURE 1;
FIGURE 3 is a sectional view taken along the line
3—3 of FIGURE 2; and,
a suitable removable manner, and the intermediate wheel
58 being ?xedly traversed by the shaft 64-. A similar
front roller shaft 66 is similarly connected to the end
wheels 55 and the intermediate wheel 60.
The rear and front roller shafts 64 and 66 are com
ponents of similar roller frames 68 which are severally
FIGURE 4 is a sectional view taken along the line
located between and spaced from the intermediate and
4-—4 of FlGURE 2.
Referring in detail to the drawings, wherein like nu 50 end wheel channel housings 7 9 and 72, which are de?ned
morals designate like parts throughout the several views,
the illustrated device comprises a closed housing 10, pref
erably of suitably ?nished metal, having an elongated
generally rectangular ?at form, involving a horizontal
bottom wall 12 from whose edges rise similar upwardly
and inwardly angled, preferably trapezoidal end walls
14, a substantially perpendicular longitudinal rear wall
16, and a rearwardly and upwardly angled longitudinal
front Wall‘ 18, the front and rear Walls being trapezoidal.
by the intermediate and end ?ange assemblies. Each
frame 68 comprises a pair of transversely elongated side
bars 74, which are parallel to the top of the housing 10,
and which are spaced and connected together by means
of transversely spaced rear and front tie rods '75 and 78,
respectively, such as suitably formed bolts having nuts
8% in their ends engaging the laterally outward sides of
the side bars 74, the front tie rods 78 being at the front
the bottom wall 12 or, as shown, telescoped over and suit
.or forward ends of the side bars.
lournalled on the portions of the shafts 64 and 66
extending between the side bars “79 of the frames 68 are
similar enlarged diameter corrugated rear and front roll
ers 82 and 84, respectively, with spacer washers or bosses
85 interposed between the side bars and related ends of
ably secured to upstanding inset ?anges 2t} and 21, lo
the rollers. The frames 68 further comprise vertically
The front wall 18 is taller than the rear wall 16, so as to
give a rearward and downward angulation to the top of
the housing 19. The upstanding Walls can be integral with
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spaced pairs of intermediate tie bars 88, which are lo
cated spacedly between the rollers in the frames, and
each of said pairs of horizontal rollers and freely jour
naled in the adjacent frame.
are suitably ?xed at their ends, as indicated at 99‘, to the
side bars 74.
2. The device according to claim 1 which includes
in addition means connecting each of the pairs of vertical
rollers together for movement toward and away from
The side bars 74 have longitudinal, rearwardly pro
jecting extensions 92 thereon, which comprise ?at hori
zontal ears 94 which are laterally inwardly and rear
wardly angled relative to the side bars, and have remov
ably ?xed thereon, as indicated at 96, upstanding spindles
each other.
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3. A foot massaging and exercising device comprising a
housing having rear and front sides and a substantially
open top, horizontal end wheel channels and an inter
mediate substantially horizontal wheel channel extending
across the housing top, said channels being spaced from
each other, horizontal frames severally positioned between
the intermediate channel and the end channels, longitudinal
ably and securably engaged in aligned adjustment ‘slots
rear and’ front shafts extending through both frames, end
tea which extend ‘longitudinally of the housing 10. For
adjusting the heel rollers toward and away from each 15 wheels on the shafts rollably con?ned in the end channels,
93, on which ‘are journalled free-rotating vertical atn's
corrugated, inner and outer heel rollers ltlltwand 16-2, re
spectively. The lower ends of the spindles 9d are slid
other, to accommodate differences in the widths of the
intermediate wheels on the shafts rollably con?ned in the
heels of patients using the device, and/or to adjust the
working pressure of the heel rollers against opposite sides
intermediate channel, means rigidly connecting the frames
together for simultaneous reciprocating movements across
the housing between the rear and front sides of the
housing, rear and vfront horizontal rollers journalled on
of the heels, turnbuckles 106 are provided, which com
prise rods 1G8 and 11a which are suitably ?xed at their
outer ends to related spindles 98 at the lower ends thereof,
as indicated at 112, and have free threaded inner ends
114-, on which is threaded a knurled turnbuckle nut 116.
the rear and front shafts within the frames, and motor
driven means mounted in the housing below the frames
and operatively connected to said connecting means.
4. A foot massaging and exercising device comprising
For reciprocating the frames ‘68, together with their
foot sole engaging rollers 32, $4 and their heel engaging 25 a housing having rear and front sides and a substantially
open top, horizontal end wheel channels and an inter
rollers 160, N2, forwardly and rearwardly across the top
mediate suhstantiaily horizontal Wheel channel extending
of the housing 1t} and together, ?xed downwardly extend
across the housing top, said channels being spaced from
ing rigid angle bar arms 5118 are suitably ?xed at their
each other, horizontal frames severally positioned between
upper ends to intermediate parts of the intermediate tie
the intermediate channel and the end channels, longitudi
bars 88 of the frames 63. A rigid cross bar 120 extends
nal rear and front shafts extending through both frames,
between and is suitably ?xed at its ends, as indicated at
122, to the lower ends of the arms 118.
Fixedly mounted, as indicated at 123, on the housing
bottom wall 12, at one side of the intermediate Wheel
channel housing, and beneath a related frame 68, near
the rear housing wall 16, is an electric motor 12-4, having
end wheels on the shafts rollably con?ned in the end
channels, intermediate wheels on the shafts rollably con
?ned in the intermediate channel, means rigidly connect
' in0D the frames to ether for simultaneous reci rocating
movements across the housing between the rear and front
sides of the housing, rear and front horizontal rollers
'journalled on the rear and front shafts within the frames,
and motor driven means mounted in the housing below
trically pivoted on the flywheel, as indicated at 139, is the 40 the frames and operatively connected to said connecting
means, said horizontal rollers being of the same diameter.
rear end of a generally horizontal connecting rod 132,
5. A foot massaging and exercising device comprising
whose forward end is loosely anchored, as indicated at
a housing having rear and front sides and a substantially
134, to an intermediate part of the cross bar 120, so as to
open top, horizontal end wheel channels and an inter
have limited pivotal connection with the cross bar ‘120.
Operation of the motor 124 works the frames 68 back and 45 mediate substantially horizontal wheel channel extending
across the housing top, said channels being spaced from
forth across the top of the housing 10.
each other, horizontal frames severally positioned between
In use, the patient places the soles of his feet upon
the intermediate channel and the end channels, longitudi
the horizontal rollers 82 and 84, with his heels between
nal rear and front shafts extending through both frames,
related heel rollers 1G0 and 1&2, so that, with the device
end wheels on the shafts rollably con?ned in the end
‘in operation, the soles of the feet are massaged and ex
channels, intermediate wheels on the shafts rollably con
ercised, all Without requiring that the patient move the
?ned in the intermediate channel, means rigidly connect
legs or‘ thefeet or undergo any exertion beyond holding
a horizontal longitudinal shaft 126, on which is ?xed a
disc ?ywheel 123, which is disposed beneath and in line
with the intermediate wheel channel housing 72. Eccen
the feet on the device.
The rear horizontal rollers 82
are disposed to massage the arches of the patient’s feet
while the front horizontal rollers 84 are disposed to
massage the forward or metatarsal areas of the feet, as
shown in phantom lines in FIGURE 4.
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While there has been shown and described herein‘ a
preferred form of the invention, it is to be understood
that the invention is not necessarily con?ned thereto, and
that any change or changes in the structure of and in the
relative arrangements of components thereof are contem
pulated as being within the scope of the invention as
ing the frames together for simultaneous reciprocating
movements across the housing between the rear and front
sides of the housing, rear and front horizontal rollers
journalled on the rear and front shafts within the frames,
and motor driven means mounted in the housing below
the frames and operatively connected to said connecting
means, said horizontal rollers being of the same diameter,
and being corrugated plain cylinders.
6. A foot massaging and exercising device comprising .
a housing having rear and frontrsides and a substantially
open top, horizontal end wheel channels and an inter
mediate substantially horizontal wheel channel extending
de?ned by the claims appended hereto.
65 across the housing top, said channels being spaced from
What is claimed is:
each other, horizontal frames severally positioned between
1. A foot massaging and exercise device comprising
the intermediate channel and the end channels, longitudi
a housing having an open top, a pair of horizontally-dis
nal rear and front shafts extending through both frames,
end wheels on the shafts rollably con?ned in the end
located adjacent the open top of said housing, means rigid 70 channels, intermediate wheels on the shafts rollably con
ly connecting the frames together for simultaneous re
‘?ned in the intermediaterchannel, means'rigidly connect
ing the frames together for simultaneous reciprocating
ciprocating movement across the open top of said housing,
movements across the housing between the rear and front
a pair of‘ horizontal rollers disposed longitudinally of each
sides of the housing, rear and front horizontal rollers
frame and freely journaled in said frame, and a pair
of laterally~spaced vertical rollers disposed on one side of 75 journalled on the rear and front shafts’ within the frames,
posed frames arranged in longitudinal spaced relation and
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and motor driven means mounted in the housing below the
open top, horizontal end wheel channels‘ and an interme
frames and operatively connected to said connecting
diate substantially horizontal wheel channel extending
across the housing top, said channels being spaced from
each other, horizontal frames severally positioned between
the intermediate channel and the end channels, longi
means, said horizontal rollers being of the same diameter,
and being corrugated plain cylinders, the rollers being
spaced from each other in the frames so that the rear
rollers serve as foot arch engaging rollers and the front
rollers serve as metatarsal engaging rollers.
7. A foot massaging and exercising device comprising
tudinal rear and front shafts extending through both
frames, end wheels on the shafts rollably con?ned in
the end channels, intermediate wheels on the shafts roll
ably con?ned in the intermediate channel, means rigidly
a housing having rear and front sides and a substantially
open top, horizontal end wheel channels and an inter 10 connecting the frames together for simultaneous recip
rocating movements across the housing between the rear
mediate substantially horizontal wheel channel extending
and front sides of the housing, rear and front horizontal
across the housing top, said channels being spaced from
rollers journalled on the rear and front shafts Within the
each other, horizontal frames severally positioned be
frames, motor driven means mounted in the housing be
tween the intermediate channel and the end channels,
longitudinal rear and front shafts extending through both 15 low the frames and operatively connected to said con~
necting means, and end and intermediate housings ex
frames, end wheels on the shafts rollably con?ned in the
tending over and severally enclosing said end and inter
end channels, intermediate wheels on the shafts rollably
mediate wheel channels and the wheels engaged therein.
con?ned in the intermediate channel, means rigidly con
necting the frames together for simultaneous recipro
cating movements across the housing between the rear
and front sides of the housing, rear and front horizontal
rollers journalled on the rear ‘and front shafts within
the frames, motor driven means mounted in the housing
below the frames and operatively connected to said con
necting means, and a pair of upstanding laterally spaced
vertical heel side engaging rollers journalled on each
frame behind the horizontal rollers thereon.
8. A foot massaging and exercising device comprising
a housing having rear and front sides and a substantially
open top, horizontal end wheel channels and an inter
11. A foot massaging and exercising device comprising
a housing having rear and front sides and a substantially
open top, horizontal end wheel channels and an inter
mediate substantially horizontal wheel channel extend
ing across the housing top, said channels being spaced
from each other, horizontal frames severally positioned
between the intermediate channel and the end channels,
longitudinal rear ‘and front shafts extending through both
frames, end wheels on the shafts rollably con?ned in
the end channels, intermediate wheels ‘on the shafts roll
ably con?ned in the intermediate channel, means rigidly
connecting the frames together for simultaneous recipro
mediate substantially horizontal wheel channel extending
across the housing top, said channels being spaced from
each other, horizontal frames severally positioned be
cating movements across the housing between the rear
and front sides of the housing, rear and front horizontal
rollers journalled on the rear and front shafts within
tween the intermediate channel and the end channels,
longitudinal rear and front shafts extending through both
frames, end wheels on the shafts rollably con?ned in
the end channels, intermediate wheels on the shafts roll
ably con?ned in the intermediate channel, means rigidly
the frames, motor driven means mounted in the housing
below the frames and operatively connected to said con
necting means, and end and intermediate housings extend
connecting the frames together for simultaneous recip
said channel housings having vertical side ?anges having
ing over and severally enclosing said end and interme
diate wheel channels and the wheels engaged therein,
rocating movements across the housing between the rear 40 slots extending therealong through which said rear and
front shafts work.
and front sides of the housing, rear and front horizontal
rollers journalled on the rear and front shafts within
12. A foot massaging and exercising device comprising
the frames, motor driven means mounted in the housing
a housing having rear and front sides and a substantially
below the frames and operatively connected to said con
open top, horizontal end Wheel channels and an inter
necting means, and a pair of upstanding laterally spaced
ward and away from each other.
mediate substantially horizontal wheel channel extending
across the housing top, said channels being spaced from
each other, horizontal frames severally positioned be
tween the intermediate channel and the end channels,
longitudinal rear and front shafts extending through
9. A foot massaging and exercising device comprising a
housing having rear end front sides and a substantially
open top, horizontal end wheel channels and an interme
both frames, end wheels on the shafts rollably con?ned
in the end channels, intermediate wheels on the shafts
rollably con?ned in the inter-mediate channel, means
vertical heel side engaging rollers journalled on each
frame behind the horizontal rollers thereon, said vertical
rollers being mounted on the frames for adjustment to
rigidly connecting the frames together for simultaneous
diate substantially horizontal wheel channel extending
reciprocating movements across the housing between the
across the housing top, said channels being spaced from
each other, horizontal frames severally positioned between 55 rear ‘and front sides :of the housing, rear and front
horizontal rollers journalled on the rear and front shafts
the intermediate channel and the end channels, longi
within the frames, and motor driven means mounted in
tidunal rear and front shafts extending through both
the housing below the frames and operatively connected
frames, end wheels on the shafts rollably con?ned in the
to said connecting means, said connecting means compris
end channels, intermediate wheels on the shafts rollably
con?ned in the intermediate channel, means rigidly con 60 ing intermediate tie bars extending across the frames
between the rear and front rollers thereof, rigid arms
necting the frames together for simultaneous reciprocat
?xed to and depending from the tie bars, and a cross bar
ing movements across the housing between the rear and
extending between and ?xed to the arms at their lower
front sides of the housing, rear ‘and front horizontal
ends, said motor driven means comprising a connecting
rollers journalled on the rear and front shafts within
the frames, motor driven means mounted in the housing 65 rod operatively connected to said cross bar.
13. A foot massaging and exercising device comprising
below the frames and operatively connected to said
a housing having rear and front sides and a substantially
connecting means, and a pair of upstanding laterally
open top, horizontal end wheel ‘channels and an inter
spaced vertical heel side engaging rollers journalled on
mediate substantially horizontal wheel channel extending
each frame behind the horizontal rollers thereon, said
vertical rollers being mounted on the frames for adjust 70 across the housing top, said channels being spaced from
each other, horizontal frames severally positioned be
ment toward and away from each other, and turnbuckle
tween the intermediate ‘channel and the end channels,
adjusting means secured to and extending between each
longitudinal rear and front shafts extending through both
pair of vertical rollers.
frames, end wheels on the shafts rollably con?ned in the
10. A foot massaging and exercising device comprising
a housing having rear and front sides and a substantially 75 end channels, intermediate wheels on the shafts rollably
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con?ned in the intermediate channel, means rigidly con
necting the frames together for simultaneous reciprocat
ing'mlovements'across the housing ‘between the rear and
between and ?xed to the arms at their lower ends, said
motor driven means comprising a connecting rod opera
tively connected to said cross bar, and a motor ‘having a
shaft ?ywheel to which said connecting rod is eccentri
front sides of the housing, rear and front horizontal
rollers journalled on the rear and front shafts within the 5 cally pivoted.
frames, and motor driven means mounted in the housing
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
below the frames and operatively connected to said con
necting means, said connecting means comprising inter
UNITED STATES PATENTS
mediate tie bars extending across the frames between the
Wheelock _____________ __ June 9, 1942
rear and front ‘rollers thereof, rigid arms ?xed to and 10 2,285,958
2,513,197
Moshier _____________ __ June 27, 1950
‘depending from the Itie bars,’ and a cross bar extending
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